Internet Safety Rules to Teach Your Children

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The internet has been marvelous to our generation. Every year, there are new and exciting ways to invite learning and entertainment into our lives through the use of technology. However, the internet also has a dangerous side. Children are at risk of exposure to phishing, malware, an intrusion of privacy, stalking, bullying, and obscenity. But with more and more students turning online for school and other activities, you can't really keep your kids off the computer. Teaching your kids how to use the internet safely is critical. Here are the rules that you should instill on your kid before they start using the internet.

Don't Download or Install Anything

Hackers want an easy way of getting your information. They use apps and malicious ware packaged as programs. You should ensure that your kid understands that he or she cannot install anything or download stuff onto his or her computer.

Don't Click on Adverts

Flickering adverts target children because many cannot resist bright objects. It is good to show your child how adverts can link to adult sites such as gambling sites, or worse. Unsolicited adverts and emails can expose your personal information.

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Don't Share Private Information Online

Personal information should stay private. You have to teach your child how to interact with strangers. Even people disguised as friends should not be trusted. Set it as a rule that personal information remains secret at all times.

Don't Post Anything Mean or Regrettable

Online conversations escalate very fast. People always corrupt civil discussions into a sea of insults. Sports, gaming, and political forums are particularly notorious. Ask your child not to post anything mean. Instead, tell them to report any abuse to you.

Use the Internet Sparingly

Internet addiction is happening at alarming rates. It can affect how a child continues with his or her responsibilities. Children can spend their nights chatting affecting their schoolwork. For starters, keep the computer in the living area where you can monitor its usage. Have a rule of using the internet and computer at specified times.

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If Unsure, Always Ask

Children should always consult you before making a decision. Before starting a blog, children should consult parents. Parents should approve posting videos and pictures. Adults should also help children open social media accounts. They should encourage them to ask every time they are not sure about something. Additionally, they should be hesitant to make any sort of changes to the computer system. Usually, children are tempted to do this when there are issues with internet speeds. And while there are ways to improve connection speeds, it’s best left to you to do so, as opposed to your kids.

If Something Happens, Tell an Adult

Sometimes your child may be exposed to something terrible. You should encourage them to share such experiences with you.

To improve your child's internet safety, install an antivirus and enforce parental controls. Remind your children of the values that you and they have chosen to live by. On the overall, teach your child how to use the internet safely.